PHY.K02UF Molecular and Solid State Physics


This course starts with a review of atomic physics. The only atom for which the Schrödinger equation can be solved exactly is hydrogen. For all multi-electron atoms, some approximation must be made. Here we discuss the simplest approximation where the multi-electron wave functions are antisymmetrized products of hydrogen-like wave functions.

The lectures do not closely follow a book for the sections on atoms or molecules. There are online notes that can be found by following the links in the course outline above. Other sources that describe this material are:

Handbook of Basic Atomic Spectroscopic Data (NIST)